The RENTALYA Guide to Indian Weddings: What To Wear

The RENTALYA Guide to Indian Weddings: What To Wear

You’ve heard bits and pieces about Indian weddings… a week long affair with more than 400 hundred people and multiple outfit changes?? Yes, yes, and yes. Here’s your ultimate guide to Indian weddings! 

THE COMPLETE RENTALYA GUIDE TO INDIAN WEDDINGS
1: The Events, What to Expect

2: The Attire, What to Wear
3: The Food, What to Eat
Appendix: The Lingo 
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WHAT TO WEAR TO AN INDIAN WEDDING
You’ve heard that people wear bright and beautifully embroidered outfits to Indian weddings, but you’re not sure what you should actually wear. First of all, if you would like to wear traditional attire, you absolutely should. Dressing in traditional attire at an Indian wedding is a way of embracing the culture, not appropriating it. Guests are invited to dress as traditionally as they feel comfortable. Here’s your guide on what to wear to an Indian wedding! 

What To Wear to a Sangeet
People definitely treat the sangeet like a mini-reception, so feel free to dress up. Bright colors are highly encouraged. There will be a lot of dancing at the Sangeet so leave your stilettos at home and err on the comfortable side. Some of the most common outfits to wear to a sangeet are salwars and lehengas. 

 A salwar is an outfit with a pair of light, loose, pleated trousers, usually tapering to a tight fit around the ankles, and are typically worn with a long tunic, or kurta. There are many different types of salwars, from long, flowy anarkalis to straight and sleek churidars. Read about the different types of salwars here. 

 A lehenga is a full, floor-length skirt that is typically paired with a coordinating cropped blouse, known as a choli, and sometimes a matching scarf known as a dupatta. Lehengas can be cut in many different styles, including a-line, mermaid, or panelled. Read about the different styles of lehengas here.


What To Wear to an Indian Wedding Ceremony

The baraat leads right into the wedding ceremony so you will wear the same outfit to both events. If you are attending from the groom’s side, you will likely be dancing in the baraat and then joining the rest of the guests in sitting during the wedding ceremony. Typically, people don the most quintessential, traditional piece of Indian clothing to the wedding ceremony: the sari. Read our tips on wearing a sari here. 

Anything that you feel comfortable wearing and that is more appropriate for daytime will be great for the ceremony. Guests are advised not to wear red (this is the bride’s color!) and to generally avoid black and white, which are considered to be inauspicious colors. 

What To Wear to an Indian Wedding Reception

 The wedding reception is the final celebration, and therefore the fanciest. You will have time before the reception for an outfit change and a refresh so wear your showstopper to this! Your showstopper could be heavily embellished, shiny, and any color you want. The more bling, the better. Any type of outfit is acceptable, so opt for a dressier sari, a heavier anarkali, or a beaded lehenga. 

 

Read the rest of the guide and you'll an expert in no time... 
1: The Events, What to Expect

3: The Food, What to Eat
Appendix: The Lingo  
ps: Want more tips & trends? Sign up here to get the latest sent straight to your inbox. 

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